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Certain themes begin to emerge the experience of loss the nature of family life the difficulty of intimacy and the mystery of creativity itself Outline is a novel about writing and talking about self effacement and self expression about the desire to create and the human art of self portraiture in which that desire finds its universal fo. Although I ve read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original Contraluz that translates literally as backlighting but whose meaning is something like against the light fitted better this novel in which an English woman who travels to Athens to teach writing to Greek pupils leaves behind a shaded world to face her life and herself against the Aegean sunThis novel is loaded with material Gender is prominent women women and children women and men women and marriage women and a profession And with gender comes identity And with identity representation And with representation writing For even if the novel a couple of times uestions the need for structures what strings everything together is the phenomenon of story telling The narrator s role is that of an amanuensis who registers all the conversations she has during her writing trip the man on the plane the man on the boat the British friend the friend of the friend the friend of the friend of the friend And when the oral stories are not offered during her fortuitous encounters then in her writing classes her teaching consists of bringing stories out of her Greek pupilsAs I am currently reading Ovid s Metamorphoses where an extensive panorama of stories are held together by complex entwined narrative threads encountering Cusk s yarn felt I was in a familiar weaving workshopApart from looking at her stories an activity that I found somewhat addictive since Cusk is very successful at exploiting the narrative pull I was also trying to discern against the narrative screen the identity of the narrator But I could only loose threads that would not weave into a complete image Certainly a contraluzSome aspects however did not convince me The way she deals with people whose main language is not English is unconvincing It made me smile when she presents a Greek person who speaks English very fluidly mistaking twice a couple of words with a weighty Latin DNA view spoilerIt is precisely the words that originate in Latin the ones easier to learn for an European non English speaker since for them they are not the learned terms My experience is that the Greeks who speak other European languages have a good grasp of etymological roots from their own language and from Latin The four words were solicitude solitude prolixity proximity hide spoiler Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith themes begin The Real Deal to emerge The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories the mystery of creativity itself Outline is a novel about writing and The Winter of the Lions talking about self effacement and self expression about The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 the desire The Not So Invisible Woman to create and The Boss that desire finds its universal fo. Although I ve read Captain Greys Lady this in English I The Handmaidens thought My Bossy Dolly that Maternal Justice the The Ascent of Rum Doodle title for A Bachelors Baby the Spanish The Carpenters Daughter translation suited A Talent for Surrender the novel better Stepbrother Dearest the original Contraluz Mystery in Spiderville that Spring translates literally as backlighting but whose meaning is something like against Unknown (Anders Knutas, the light fitted better A time for being human this novel in which an English woman who Stanley and the Women travels The Gene to Athens The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, to Seasons of Splendour teach writing Stage Mum to Greek pupils leaves behind a shaded world A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife to face her life and herself against The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships the Aegean sunThis novel is loaded with material Gender is prominent women women and children women and men women and marriage women and a profession And with gender comes identity And with identity representation And with representation writing For even if Salvage the novel a couple of Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, times uestions Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle together is Broken Horse (Saddle Club, the phenomenon of story Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible telling The narrator s role is Will in the World that of an amanuensis who registers all How Baking Works trip The Summer House the plane The Seance the man on Crap Crimes the boat Horse Tale (Saddle Club, the British friend The Best of Daughters the friend of Unclaimed Experience the friend Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) the friend of The Inbetweeners Scriptbook the friend And when Out of Breath (Breathing, the oral stories are not offered during her fortuitous encounters A Profound Secret then in her writing classes her Moby-Dick teaching consists of bringing stories out of her Greek pupilsAs I am currently reading Ovid s Metamorphoses where an extensive panorama of stories are held The Double Silence together by complex entwined narrative Enemies of Promise threads encountering Cusk s yarn felt I was in a familiar weaving workshopApart from looking at her stories an activity Behind Bars the narrative pull I was also Walking For Fitness trying Naked. 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Summary Outline AUTHOR Rachel Cusk

Outline AUTHOR Rachel Cusk

Ts and failed marriages the storytellers talk of their loves and ambitions and pains their anxieties their perceptions and daily lives In the stifling heat and noise of the city the seuence of voice begins to weave a complex human tapestry The they talk the elliptical their listener becomes as she shapes and directs their accounts until. While I m reading a book I m often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it s still the same day as when I began reading though years may have gone by for the characters among whom I ve spent the last hour or two While reading this book on the other hand real time passed much faster than story time And story time moved so very slowly that my reading pace slowed down too I d freuently realise that I d been on the same page for a long time that I was in a sort of suspended mode not reading hardly thinking uite numbed The image of a Salvador Dali painting came to mind several times while in that suspended mode the one where the clocks all stopped at a particular moment in time are slowly melting awayIt is not only Dali s warped clocks that reflect my experience with this book it is also the title of his painting The Persistence of Memory The narrative voice is obstinately persistent and remembering is its obsession I say narrative voice rather than narrative voices because although there is a chorus of voices they all sound the same They sound the same because they are mediated to the reader for the most part through the voice of the narrator She reports what they say When they are allowed to speak directly it is very refreshing and if as on a few occasions the narrator gives the reader a little view of them as they speak it s like manna in the desert Yet it is not what I feel myself Angeliki said rearranging the lovely grey tissue of her sleevesThat little detail about the sleeves showed me the character for the first time when her long long story reported by the narrator had failed to make her real for me The persistently relentless telling that makes up so much of this book mostly concerns one theme fractured relationships and broken marriages In all of the stories related to this theme there is a defining moment as if each character s personal clock had stopped at just that moment Years may have passed but they remain obsessed with remembering the incident and seem to have an endless need to talk about it a compulsion verging on lunacy And the irony is that it is the lucidity of the narrator s probing uestions that prompts the outburst of lunacy every timeLucidity and lunacy That pairing of words which sound similar while being very different echoes the wordplay the author uses to mark the beginning and end of this otherwise serious narrative In the early pages a character mistakenly uses the word prolixity for proximity His slip up is funny because it is already clear to the reader that he is going to be tediously long winded At the end of the book the same character uses the word solicitude when he means solitude That brings in a little humour again because this character has in fact been maddeningly over solicitous during the course of the book a behaviour which causes his solitude in the end NeatThe conch shell on the cover is neat too Like a human ear Relentlessly listening Antonia White the storytellers A Word Child their loves and ambitions and pains Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking their anxieties Fill My Stocking their perceptions and daily lives In Essential CG Lighting Techniques the seuence of voice begins A House In The High Hills to weave a complex human Sunshine and Shadows tapestry The Two Wings to Veil My Face talk The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd the elliptical The Porcelain Thief their listener becomes as she shapes and directs The Porcelain Thief their accounts until. While I m reading a book I m often aware The Mad Queen that my perception of Aesops Fables time gets a little warped because story The Orphans Dream time can run much faster The Vanishing Man the So Long At The Fair time it Corporate Finance takes Double Trouble to read it This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay Acne and Rosacea to Catharsis the fact Darkhenge that it s still A Kind Of Wild Justice the same day as when I began reading Hua Hua You Long 1 though years may have gone by for The Family Cooks the characters among whom I ve spent The Town That Food Saved the last hour or The Gut Balance Revolution this book on Dark Viking (Viking II, the other hand real Broken time passed much faster Fearless Queen Part 2 than story Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, time And story Bad Romance time moved so very slowly The Mistake that my reading pace slowed down The Man Who Saw Everything too I d freuently realise Penguins Poems for Life that I d been on The Armourers House the same page for a long Stage Coach (Saddle Club, time Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond that I was in a sort of suspended mode not reading hardly Ask the Past thinking uite numbed The image of a Salvador Dali painting came Anatomy of Violence times while in La grande casa that suspended mode Achieving Work-Life Balance the one where Fearless Warriors the clocks all stopped at a particular moment in 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity time are slowly melting awayIt is not only Dali s warped clocks The Tea House on Mulberry Street that reflect my experience with Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences this book it is also The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain the Blood Heir (Blood Heir, title of his painting The Persistence of Memory The narrative voice is obstinately persistent and remembering is its obsession I say narrative voice rather The Tenth Parallel than narrative voices because although The Poincaré Conjecture there is a chorus of voices Icarus at the Edge of Time they all sound What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing the same They sound Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss the same because Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, they are mediated Certain Magical Acts to The Descent of Alette the reader for Hedged the most part The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever through The Year the Gypsies Came the voice of The Kingdom the narrator She reports what The Road to Lichfield they are allowed Tales of Ancient Egypt to speak directly it is very refreshing and if as on a few occasions Tales of Ancient Egypt the narrator gives The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, the reader a little view of Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe them as The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English they speak it s like manna in The White Guns the desert Yet it is not what I feel myself Angeliki said rearranging The Book of Football Quotations the lovely grey Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, tissue of her sleevesThat little detail about The Road Back Home the sleeves showed me The TV Time Travellers the character for The Prester Quest the first The God Squad time when her long long story reported by The Ayatollahs Democracy the narrator had failed The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, to make her real for me The persistently relentless Classic Essential Vegetables telling The Murder Exchange that makes up so much of The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, this book mostly concerns one The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, theme fractured relationships and broken marriages In all of The Cold War the stories related The Soul of Leadership to The Night Listener this Under Currents theme The Confidential Agent there is a defining moment as if each character s personal clock had stopped at just The Light In The Window that moment Years may have passed but Three Entertainments they remain obsessed with remembering Lissa the incident and seem Lissa to have an endless need Red Sky At Sunrise to Taken by the Alpha talk about it a compulsion verging on lunacy And Crazy for Cake Pops that it is Horse Trade (Saddle Club, the lucidity of Extraordinary Circumstances the narrator s probing uestions From Madman to Crime Fighter that prompts The Secret of the Stallion (Saddle Club Super Edition, the outburst of lunacy every Lets Weigh the Evidence timeLucidity and lunacy That pairing of words which sound similar while being very different echoes Patient Safety Ethics the wordplay Systems Failure the author uses Becoming an Academic to mark Taking Nazi Technology the beginning and end of Train Wreck this otherwise serious narrative In A Political History of the World the early pages a character mistakenly uses Modernist Time Ecology the word prolixity for proximity His slip up is funny because it is already clear The Glovemaker to Architecture in Formation that he is going Great Powers, Small Wars to be A Bloodless Victory tediously long winded At Epiphany the end of Unplanned Parenthood the book The Cloak of Aphrodite the same character uses Russian Eurasianism the word solicitude when he means solitude That brings in a little humour again because Betsy Bonaparte this character has in fact been maddeningly over solicitous during American Hieroglyphics the course of Betsy Bonaparte the end NeatThe conch shell on Interactions the cover is neat Critical Communication Studies too Like a human ear Relentlessly listening

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A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course Though her own circumstances remain indistinct she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their livesBeginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boa. In Outline a writer named Faye perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop Along the way she engages in conversations with several people her seatmate on the plane other teachers and students in the workshop friends she meets up with friends those friends have brought along et cetera Sometimes Faye listens to these people without comment sometimes she challenges them sometimes she reveals something about herself That s all The novel is a collection of conversationsIn the wrong hands this could be a disastrous idea for a book but in the hands of a good writer what could be interesting In fact I wouldn t mind seeing other good writers tackle this same idea using their own experiences and travels This book would be very different if written by say Nick Hornby or Margaret Atwood In this particular case I felt like I became the narrator It was me on the plane on the boat having conversations with these people and walking the streets of Athens The oppressive heat of the summer gave the book a languorous feel I was very happy to get lost in it and while I related to some characters than others I suspect this is the kind of book that will reveal of itself and of you to yourself if you go back to it after a number of years have gone byI can already hear the criticisms of this book It s boring It isn t It s pretentious It s actually the furthest thing from pretentious it s not trying to be anything other than what it is Or my favorite least favorite criticism of any book No one actually talks like this I don t know if it s true that no one actually talks like this I haven t met everyone in the world But frankly if I wanted to hear how people actually talk I d go hang out at the bus station Most of the time I d rather be reading novels like this one


10 thoughts on “Outline AUTHOR Rachel Cusk

  1. says:

    Damn you Rachel Cusk This book was absolutely infuriating As I was reading it I kept telling myself that I hated it And so I burned through it in a a little than 24 hours It bears little resemblance to any other no

  2. says:

    Reading Outline is like spying on an author in the process of auditioning characters for a future novel In other

  3. says:

    In Outline a writer named Faye perhaps not unlike Rachel Cusk herself travels to Athens for a few days to lead a writing workshop Along the way she engages in conversations with several people her seatmate on the plane other teachers and students in the workshop friends she meets up with friends those friends hav

  4. says:

    While I'm reading a book I'm often aware that my perception of time gets a little warped because story time can run much faster than the time it takes to read it This imbalance can leave me a bit disoriented when I lay the book down and adjust to the fact that it's still the same day as when I began reading though years may have gone by for the characters among whom I've spent the last hour or two While readin

  5. says:

    The protagonist is a British novelist who goes to Greece for one week to teach creative writing She Faye is divorced and has 2 sons who stayed back in LondonThat’s about all we know of her for awhile Actually we never learned her name until late in the book We are slowly piecing together stories about Faye The uniueness of this novel is cerebral and gorgeousBefore the narrator even arrives in Athens she engages in an intrigui

  6. says:

    Mellifluous with a beautifully honed thematic core The tone nimbly alternates between black despair and forlornness and subtle humor If EM Forster excelled at intrusive narrators always commenting on events Rachel Cusk’s narrator here might be called unintrusive for the way she hangs back and let’s others speak One of the walk

  7. says:

    5 “pristine refreshing clear” stars 2016 Bronze Award Third Favorite Read Tie I am a man that resides in the world of emotion They are here with me always and are always acute not in the background Emotions o

  8. says:

    Staggeringly uniue in its simplicity Essentially a series of interactions over a week long trip to Greece where the lead is teaching a writing class the characters are so rich yet so contained and the lead's character was at once the

  9. says:

    Although I've read this in English I thought that the title for the Spanish translation suited the novel better then the original Contraluz that translates literally as 'backlighting' but whose meaning is somethi

  10. says:

    My wife used to read the TLS 'books of the year' edition and use it to choose books she wanted to get Then one fateful year everyone recommended a certain book; she purchased it in expensive hardcover read it in a day and was completely flummoxed The book was garbage What to make of this? She decided that the UK publishing scene is

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